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Cable Nielsen Rankings

September 18, 1998

Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 7-13. Each ratings point represents 994,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are included in parentheses.

1. ``Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis″ (Monday, 2 p.m.), ESPN, 7.1, 7.1 million homes.

2. ``NFL Football: Indianapolis at New England″ (Sunday, 8:15 p.m.), ESPN, 6.2, 6.11 million homes.

3. ``1998 Video Music Awards″ (Thursday, 8 p.m.), MTV, 5.8, 5.78 million homes.

4. ``World Championship Wrestling″ (Monday, 10 p.m.), TNT, 4.4, 4.36 million homes.

5. ``World Championship Wrestling″ (Monday, 9 p.m.), TNT, 4.2, 4.14 million homes.

6. ``World Championship Wrestling″ (Monday, 8 p.m.), TNT, 3.7, 3.69 million homes.

7. ``NFL Prime Time″ (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), ESPN, 3.5, 3.51 million homes.

8. ``SportsCenter Early″ (Monday, 5:20 p.m.), ESPN, 3.5, 3.48 million homes.

9. ``WCW Thunder″ (Thursday, 9:06 p.m.), TBS, 2.8, 2.83 million homes.

10. ``Rugrats″ (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.8, 2.77 million homes.

11. ``Wild Thornberrys″ (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.7, 2.69 million homes.

12. ``1998 Video Music Awards Post Show″ (Thursday, 11:13 p.m.), MTV, 2.7, 2.67 million homes.

13. ``Rugrats″ (Monday, 7:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.5, 2.48 million homes.

14. ``Rugrats″ (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.), Nickelodeon, 2.5, 2.47 million homes.

15. ``NASCAR Winston Cup″ (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), ESPN, 2.4, 2.42 million homes.

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